• Ogun APC holds parallel primaries

An attempt by the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the People Democratic Party, PDP, to broker peace between a group led by the former national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and other organs of the party on Tuesday night has hit a brick wall.
This is as All Progressives Congress in Yewa South local government Area of Ogun State yesterday also, held parallel primaries to elect the candidate of the party for the October 8 local government election in the state.
The chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid jibrin had on Monday inaugurated an 18-man reconciliation committee headed by Prof Jerry Gana with a mandate to resolve the lingering leadership crisis in the party.
The committee had a peace meeting with Senator Modu Sheriff and members of his group in his private office in Maitama, Abuja, which he has converted to his group’s temporary national secretariat.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the meeting which went into closed door session around 8.50pm on Tuesday night could not make any headway after over three hours as a result of the “uncompromising demands” of Modu Sheriff.
Most of the issues raised by Sheriff are what he had earlier been insisting on which principally are that the national Caretaker committee must be disbanded and that all decisions taken at the Port Harcourt convention be nullified.
He was said to have maintained that the Caretaker committee is alien to the PDP constitution and all decisions taken by the committee must be reversed, including the conduct of the governorship primaries in Edo State which produced Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the candidate of the PDP.
Sheriff agreed during the BoT intervention to make concession but only in accordance with the PDP Constitution.
He also demanded that the PDP must call off the new national convention of the party scheduled for August 17 in Port Harcourt and that if any convention is to be held Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State should be removed as the chairman of the convention planning committee.
Senator Modu Sheriff also demanded that new date and venue for fresh convention, which he must preside over, must be set by all stakeholders and approved by the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party.
Indications that the meeting will be a fruitless one came earlier during the opening ceremony when Modu Sheriff accused some of those that came with Prof Gana as being “part of the problem.
Earlier, Prof Gana had told Modu Sheriff that they were in his office “under the mandate of the party so that we can together find a solution to the problem in the party.”
Few hours after the failed peace talk, members of the Gana-led reconciliation committee met again yesterday in Apo, Abuja to appraise the demands of Senator Modu Sheriff.
The committee was given only seven days to submit their report to the BoT.
Ogun APC holds parallel primaries
Meanwhile, All Progressives Congress in Yewa South local government Area of Ogun State yesterday held parallel primaries to elect the candidate of the party for the October 8 local government election in the state.
There has been disquiet within the party in the state since the return of former Governor Olusegun Osoba from Social Democratic Party, SDP.
While a faction loyal to Governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun held its primary at the local government party secretariat, the other faction believed to be loyal to Senator representing Lagos West at the Senate, Senator Olamilekan Adeola held another at Oba Kehinde Olugbenle pavilion.
Senator Adeola is rumoured to be interested in contesting the governorship ticket in 2019 in the state and he is believed to be favoured by Osoba.
It was gathered that the Chairman of the party in the local government, Tunji Idowu led Adeola factional primary while other executive members were at the party’s secretariat.
While Adeola’s group produced an SDP returnee, Mrs Bola Ajayi, who had earlier turned down Amosun’s offer to be a member of the transition committee in the local government, the Governor’s group produced one Jimoh Taiwo.
Speaking with newsmen on phone, Taiwo explained that the primary organised by the party chairman has no backing of the state party’s leadership.
Taiwo explained that other three contestants had to vacate the primary conducted by the Chairman after confirmation from the state secretariat that such primary was not authorised.
He explained that the three other aspirants, one Alani, Femi Edun and Taiwo Ayokanbi stepped down for him as a consensus candidate.
When contacted, the LG party Chairman said, “Nobody is doing primary here, we are only doing congress, I am very busy and don’t have time now.”
The Assistance Organising Secretary of the party, Salako Samson alleged that the party Chairman was working against the party’s interest in order to favour the governorship ambition of the Senator.
He further alleged that the party Chairman had impersonated all members of the executive claiming that they were all part of the primary.
He said, “We were informed that there is no approval from the state to conduct primary in the local government, we don’t know where the Chairman derived that authority to conduct primary in the local government which is ongoing now.
“We discovered that there was a hidden agenda which was not in line with the agenda of the party, the agenda is Yayi (Adeola) agenda and they are scouting for a candidate that will take over the local government and work for their candidate called Yayi and that is not in our own agenda.”
Several calls put across to the state secretary of the party, Toyin Ayebusiwa were neither answered not returned.
The State organising Secretary, Gbenga Adenmosun when contacted said whatever was happening in the local government was an illegality, adding that the party did not give such directive and knows nothing about it.

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